New Haven Symphony’s first boathouse concert, for an audience of 100

Posted on: October 22, 2020

“Sunday, two ensembles from the New Haven Symphony Orchestra performed at the Canal Dock Boathouse on Long Wharf, making music together for the first time in eight months,” writes Lucy Gellman in Monday’s (10/19) New Haven Arts (CT). “Close to 100 people attended…. NHSO Operations Director John Leibensperger has been sitting in on talks from the Yale School of Public Health and Shoreline Arts Alliance around the safety of reopening arts venues. The ideas for the boathouse concerts were born last month, when [Symphony CEO Elaine] Carroll was on-site with Patron Services Ambassador Cheri Brooks to celebrate the city’s new sculpture of William Lanson…. The city donated the space to the symphony [for the concert]…. Among the two ensembles, Handel, Bach and Mozart found their way beside Scott Joplin, Michael Jackson and arrangements for marimba influenced by West African rhythms…. The concert pointed to a shift the symphony has been embracing under Maestro Alasdair Neale. Even before the pandemic, the organization was working to bring in composers, conductors, and musicians that reflected the lived experience of all New Haveners. Now, artistic staff has been working behind the scenes on new collaborations and two not-yet-announced commissions from composers of color.”